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In Pictures: Rough rides on Indian trains
Millions travel in discomfort in unreserved general compartments as infrastructure fails to keep pace with time.
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2013 10:04
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New Delhi, India - Indian Railways is the world's largest railway network, with a total length of 65,000 km and 7,500 stations.

But passenger comfort is not its strongest selling point and travelling inside unreserved general compartments, in particuluar, could be a hellish experience.

The infrastructure in these carriages has seen little change since the British colonial era, unlike the air-conditioned coaches for which the tickets cost more. People travelling for long distances in these compartments have to face unbearable conditions. There is room for only 72 people to sit, and no provisions are made for people who want to sleep. At times, more than 500 people are forced to travel on these carriages - often for journeys that take several days.

But however uncomfortable, rising fuel costs mean trains remain one of the cheapest mode of travel in the country.

A recent estimate suggests that this year alone, about 900 million people will travel in the general compartments. At night, the sleeping passengers resemble heaps of dead bodies in a war zone. 


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Indian Railways is the world's largest railway network, with a total length of 65,000 km and 7,500 stations.


Ronny Sen/Al Jazeera
Fuel prices in India have risen recently, compelling an increasing number of people to travel in unreserved general compartments. 


Ronny Sen/Al Jazeera
Staying inside unreserved general compartments on the trains is an inescapably Indian experience.


Ronny Sen/Al Jazeera
There is room for only 72 people to sit, and no provisions are made for people who want to sleep.


Ronny Sen/Al Jazeera
At times, more than 500 people are forced to travel on these carriages.


Ronny Sen/Al Jazeera
A recent estimate suggests that this year alone, about 900 million people will travel in these compartments.


Ronny Sen/Al Jazeera
People travelling for long distances in these compartments have to face unbearable conditions. 


Ronny Sen/Al Jazeera

The infrastructure in these rooms has seen no change since the British colonial era, unlike the trains' other, more luxurious compartments.




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Indian Railways is the world's largest railway network, with a total length of 65,000 km and 7,500 stations.

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Indian Railways is the world's largest railway network, with a total length of 65,000 km and 7,500 stations.

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Fuel prices in India have risen recently, compelling an increasing number of people to travel in unreserved general compartments. 

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Fuel prices in India have risen recently, compelling an increasing number of people to travel in unreserved general compartments. 

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Staying inside unreserved general compartments on the trains is an inescapably Indian experience.

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Staying inside unreserved general compartments on the trains is an inescapably Indian experience.

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There is room for only 72 people to sit, and no provisions are made for people who want to sleep.

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There is room for only 72 people to sit, and no provisions are made for people who want to sleep.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/India-sleeper-train?image_id=0bFm4rQfON1iO

At times, more than 500 people are forced to travel on these carriages.

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At times, more than 500 people are forced to travel on these carriages.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/India-sleeper-train?image_id=057Q0a28etd6k

A recent estimate suggests that this year alone, about 900 million people will travel in these compartments.

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A recent estimate suggests that this year alone, about 900 million people will travel in these compartments.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/India-sleeper-train?image_id=0bdwfqe1Pv17I

People travelling for long distances in these compartments have to face unbearable conditions. 

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People travelling for long distances in these compartments have to face unbearable conditions. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/India-sleeper-train?image_id=0ep3f3B7Lafe1

The infrastructure in these rooms has seen no change since the British colonial era, unlike the trains' other, more luxurious compartments.

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The infrastructure in these rooms has seen no change since the British colonial era, unlike the trains' other, more luxurious compartments.



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